Silversmith and Model// kylee_parke
Photographer// bonfire heart.photo
Creative Assistant// mahlee_sem23
Tell us about yourself! What do you do outside of Gem Studio?
Outside of Gem Studio I work for the Foundation at UVU, I’m working on gaining more experience in non-profit work and I love it! When I’m not working either job, I’m almost always doing something in the mountains, snowboarding, hiking, camping, cycling, you name it.
What inspired this collection?
One of my all time favorite activities in the Summer is to longboard Provo canyon. You get the epic views, the mountain air, and the good vibes, what more can you ask for? I tried to capture those feelings of summer and good vibes in this collection. It was fun to put a little bit of my personality into each piece.
What are you most passionate about?
I’m super passionate about the outdoors, and people enjoying them! I’m so lucky that I get to live in a state that has some of the best outdoor opportunities. I want everyone to get outside and enjoy the mountains, but I’m really passionate about keeping them clean and beautiful. Leave no trace people! If you ever want to have some good times outside and need some recommendations or a buddy, hit me up!
What is currently playing on your Spotify/Apple Music?
First of all, Spotify is supreme no questions. I follow a lot of local artists like The National Parks and The Backseat Lovers. I love anything from Caamp, Of Monsters and Men, and Judah and the Lion. But also, any of my Provo peeps can attest that I love me some Ke$ha. Those post workshop dance parties are pretty awesome. I’ve got a playlist I’m super proud of called ‘Shreddin the pow pow’ and it’s got all my favorite jams, feel free to give it a follow.
What do you want to manifest in your life over the next year?
This year I’m manifesting an insane winter, I want all the fresh powder for the snowboarding season. I’m also applying to graduate school so I’m manifesting that I win the lottery to be able to pay for it ;) Finally, I’m hoping the Jazz will finally win the NBA championship, this year broke my heart..
What is your favorite gem, and why?
Turquoise is the best gem in the world. I will always recommend turquoise to customers because it’s so unique and it goes with literally everything! I love it when people use the raw turquoise gems to make super dope and unique pieces. I have a raw turquoise necklace, and it’s literally my favorite thing I’ve ever made.
What is your favorite part of the silversmithing process?
My favorite part is polishing the pieces, even though we put our bodies and beautiful fingernails on the line to polish. I love it when the customers see the piece go from dull to a super bright and clean silver polish, they’re always stoked about it. Plus it means we’re that much closer to seeing the final product!
What is your favorite gem studio memory?
There’s too many! I love working at the Gem Studio because we get to work with such rad people, I’ve met some great friends like Jenna and Ally, and we get to meet so many amazing customers! Our team has a tradition after the Saturday night workshops, we always go get In-n-out after and that’s super fun.